Incredible Wildlife Encounters: Black Rhino

Namibia

Black rhino

Black rhino     Photo: Mike Meyers

They may have been nearly decimated by poachers back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but Namibia’s black rhino population is now thriving—the result of a heroic joint effort between the national government, locally run communal conservancies, Save the Rhino Trust, and privately owned enterprises like Wilderness Safaris.

Desert Rhino Camp, which sits in the million-acre Palmwag Concession, is a vacation oasis for the likes of Paul Allen, who track the rhino on foot or via 4x4 through Kunene region’s arid, wide-open spaces. The rhino isn’t the only animal to thrive here. There are also healthy populations of desert-adapted elephant, Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu and big cats like lion, cheetah, and leopard. The camp itself is simple and elegant with eight Meru-style canvas tents, en-suite bathrooms, and verandas with giant views. Rates from $488 per person, per night.

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